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I just took a look at the 4K Batman - did you really like the new transfer with the greenish color grading?
I didn’t notice any greenish color grading at all. I thought it looked and sounded great as I mentioned. I’ll take another look.
 

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Just checked it for ya - yep playing in 4K

A very GREEN 4K ;)
Thanks. Something strange is definitely going on. I verified my ATV4K video settings, then checked another film I knew was 4K/DV (Batman Begins). That one shows up and plays properly as 4K/DV. When I checked Batman 1989 again, it showed it as 4K/DV, but indicated I didn't own it. I exited and reselected the film, and it was back to being part of my library but only as HD. All four films are showing I own the HD version.

I tried rebooting the ATV4K box, but that didn't change anything. Hopefully Apple can resolve this quickly.
 

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I just took a look at the 4K Batman - did you really like the new transfer with the greenish color grading?
From our HTF review. I assume it’s the same transfer for the iTunes digital copy.


Batman was shot on 35mm film stock and Warner Bros has given the film a new 4K scan for this release. The 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer on the UHD disc has also been given a high dynamic range grading using HDR10, which helps boost and stabilize the colors while also providing a more perceived depth with deeper blacks and stronger shadow detail. Batman has always been a rather dark film, and it is those darker sequences that really show off the format’s capabilities for an older title. I never owned Batman on Blu-ray, so I really can’t compare how much of a leap forward this release is over the previous release. I do remember that even the 70mm print I viewed back in 1989 seemed rather soft, and overall the film here also appears soft, but that is likely by design. There is some fine detail to be seen here, such as textures in The Joker’s make-up and purple suit, as well as natural film grain. Batman on 4k UHD won’t look like a more modern digitally-shot feature, but this is likely the best it ever has or ever will look. The included Blu-ray uses the new 4K transfer as its starting point, so fans who may not have made the switch to 4K yet will likely want to pick up this release since Warner has not released this as an individual Blu-ray release (much like they did for 2001).

No mention of any “green” issues. Curious.
 

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I didn’t notice any greenish color grading at all. I thought it looked and sounded great as I mentioned. I’ll take another look.
Here's a good review that talks about it and shows examples. I didn't realize some sound effects have been changed as well...

 

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Robert Harris also doesn’t mention any green issues in his observation.


“With the exception of Batman & Robin, the final film in the non-dark Batman series, there really isn't 4k information to be ferreted. HDR adds a bit of nicety. And Dolby Atmos helps with the price of admission, but don't be expecting to be blown away by a 4k look, as you won't find it.

What you get for your upgrade dollars, are four films that nicely mimic the appearance of 35mm prints. These are beautifully rendered 4k discs, accurately representing the original look of the films. All shot on fillum, and not digital - what they made is what you get.

And that's a good thing, with nary a problem in sight.

For fans, and there are more than attempting to collect the compleat Dean Martin, the only question should not whether to upgrade, but whether to wait for the boxed set, and a small discount.


Image - 5 (HDR10)

Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail - Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes

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Those clips look nothing like my iTunes stream. Strange indeed.
Really!? I wonder if you're having issues like Josh is with it showing HD. I swear my copy looks like that video shows - everything has a green/teal hue over it.

DRM won't let me screenshot my phone so it's hard to show...
 

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By the way Cranston I’m not suggesting you’re wrong I just don’t see any green issues. I just went to one of his examples on my copy and it looks normal.
 

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Really!? I wonder if you're having issues like Josh is with it showing HD. I swear my copy looks like that video shows - everything has a green/teal hue over it.

DRM won't let me screenshot my phone so it's hard to show...
Nope. Playing in 4K.
 

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Noticed that Mr and Mrs Smith the Brad and Jolie action movie has the unrated version up for $5.
This one has never been out on blu is that correct?
 

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By the way Cranston I’m not suggesting you’re wrong I just don’t see any green issues. I just went to one of his examples on my copy and it looks normal.
Oh, I know.

I can't come up with a screenshot because of DRM but I'll just leave it with saying that my copy definitely reflects what is shown in that video, with high contrast and a teal hue over everything...
 
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Noticed that Mr and Mrs Smith the Brad and Jolie action movie has the unrated version up for $5.
This one has never been out on blu is that correct?
I don't believe it has.

I bought the theatrical version (it went on sale a day or two before the Unrated) but it contains both versions of the film. The Unrated probably has both versions as well, but I'd check first.
 

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^ It does.


Aliens is only $8 and includes the extended version.
Tempted to,grab that in case it ever gets upgraded to UHD.
 

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Best Buy is selling iTunes gift cards $50 for $40, which is the cheapest I've seen. Email delivery.

That could get you 1 year of the Criterion Channel for $80...

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/itunes-app-store-gift-cards-savings?ref=199&loc=J2shFQg6J/U&acampID=1&siteID=J2shFQg6J_U-EzU_Xib9uxkGMDiEwMViIA
Thanks. Amazon had this same deal during their Prime Days, but I just grabbed another one through the above link. That should cover my iTunes purchases for quite awhile. :)
 

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Just checked it for ya - yep playing in 4K

A very GREEN 4K ;)
I checked again this morning, and all four films are back to being 4K + Dolby Vision in my library. I have not heard back from Apple support yet (other than their standard "we received your issue and will get back with you" email).
 

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I checked again this morning, and all four films are back to being 4K + Dolby Vision in my library. I have not heard back from Apple support yet (other than their standard "we received your issue and will get back with you" email).
I wonder if you just had a slowdown in internet speed so the ATV went to the next lower resolution so it would play properly...
 

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